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by Wayfarer
Fri May 22, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 129
Views: 5629

Re: Nihilistic view

Astus wrote: In that context one talks of one's responsibility and such, so there is an agent who acts of his own volition, and then suffers the outcome of those acts.
‘That context’ is existence, life and the living of it.
by Wayfarer
Fri May 22, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 129
Views: 5629

Re: Nihilistic view

A point about 'eternalism'. According to Bhikkhu Bodhi's commentary on the Brahmajala Sutta, 'eternalism' is best understood in the context of the religious and cultural world in which the Buddha taught. Bear in mind that the Buddha himself is said to have recalled all of his previous existences on ...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 21, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 129
Views: 5629

Re: Nihilistic view

So one can apply that for the self as well. To say: "There is no self" is nihilistic view. "There is no ultimately existing self" is what Buddha taught. This is the nub of the issue. In the very short text Ananda Sutta , the Buddha is asked straight out by Vachagotta the Wanderer, whether the self ...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 21, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 129
Views: 5629

Re: Nihilistic view

This ['afflicted mind'] ceases functioning and what is left is enlightened consciousness, which is defined differently according to various traditions, but has as a common descriptor that it is free of afflictions and stains. You won't find that distinction in the Pali texts, at least not explicitl...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 21, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 129
Views: 5629

Re: Nihilistic view

In many of those verses, we find the phrase ‘...with the cessation of volitional formations, cessation of consciousness...’ as If this in itself is the fulfilment of the teaching. The question could be asked in respect of the question posed by the original post, how is the ‘cessation of consciousnes...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 21, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Manjushris Activity
Replies: 16
Views: 1108

Re: Manjushris Activity

by Wayfarer
Thu May 21, 2020 5:21 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from an old geezer in Canada!
Replies: 5
Views: 543

Re: Greetings from an old geezer in Canada!

and another (even older) geezer :hi: (in Australia).

Struggle is part of it. What was that old saying? 'The struggle is the glory'.
by Wayfarer
Thu May 21, 2020 4:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Manjushris Activity
Replies: 16
Views: 1108

Re: Manjushris Activity

That writer on Learn Religions, Barbara O’Brien, writes good articles on Buddhist topics. She was the editor of About.com’s Buddhist pages for some years. :thumbsup:
by Wayfarer
Wed May 20, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 129
Views: 5629

Re: Nihilistic view

It [nihilism] is normally understood as a denial of moral values, something that is clearly a wrong view according to any Buddhist. The philosophical question then arises what is the connection between 'what is real' and 'what is the basis for moral values'. In Western culture, the question is pose...
by Wayfarer
Fri May 15, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Best books on general Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 12
Views: 1044

Re: Best books on general Mahayana Buddhism

That Westerhoff title looks terrific :thumbsup:
by Wayfarer
Wed May 13, 2020 6:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uploading the ego to the cloud
Replies: 72
Views: 3008

Re: Uploading the ego to the cloud

Relevant current article on whether AI can be intelligent here by Kristof Koch, who is definitely an expert in this field. I noticed the last paragraph in particular: If I take my Tesla car and beat it up with a hammer, it's my right to do it. My neighbor might think that I am crazy, but it's my pro...
by Wayfarer
Wed May 13, 2020 1:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uploading the ego to the cloud
Replies: 72
Views: 3008

Re: Uploading the ego to the cloud

I think we should take a long hard look at the motivation behind these endeavors. Firstly, I suspect that it might represent a longing for immortality. From the Buddhist doctrinal perspective, that longing also is a manifestation of desire, namely, the desire to continue in existence and the fear of...
by Wayfarer
Tue May 12, 2020 3:28 am
Forum: Media
Topic: NY Magazine Article about origins of Buddha image
Replies: 0
Views: 339

NY Magazine Article about origins of Buddha image

How the Buddha got his Face

May be paywalled, although NY Times usually provides one or two articles free.
by Wayfarer
Tue May 12, 2020 3:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uploading the ego to the cloud
Replies: 72
Views: 3008

Re: Uploading the ego to the cloud

But it does remain the case that the Buddhist conception of dharmas is momentary - arising and ceasing in rapid succession, rather than as enduring substances, doesn't it? Because the point about atoms in that sense, is that they are, first of all, permanent and unceasing, and secondly, not created,...
by Wayfarer
Tue May 12, 2020 3:05 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uploading the ego to the cloud
Replies: 72
Views: 3008

Re: Uploading the ego to the cloud

I have read a little about Sarvastivada - reality of past/present/future dharmas was how it was glossed to me. But the broader point is this: that abhidharma arises from the analysis and contemplation of the constituents of experience. All of the steps of the 12-fold chain pertain to the elements of...
by Wayfarer
Mon May 11, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uploading the ego to the cloud
Replies: 72
Views: 3008

Re: Uploading the ego to the cloud

Is it still the "same" or "different" than the one that existed before the first accident? In other words: Is all that is needed to preserve our identity only a brain? I don't know if it's a question of identity. Arguably the individual identity is changing at every moment - in fact Buddhism would ...
by Wayfarer
Mon May 11, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uploading the ego to the cloud
Replies: 72
Views: 3008

Re: Uploading the ego to the cloud

The word "dharma" derives from "dhṛ," "to hold, to bear," and generally, among ten definitions of "dharma," the one relevant here is "bearer of characteristics." So they are comparable to the ‘substance and attribute’ model of Aristotelian metaphysics? I had always been told that Buddhism eschewed ...
by Wayfarer
Mon May 11, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uploading the ego to the cloud
Replies: 72
Views: 3008

Re: Uploading the ego to the cloud

the whole shebang: memories, experience, emotions, daydreams, subliminal sensations and anything else which might be going on. And by "'a suitable machine" I meant something which is capable of functioning analogously to whatever is the physical basis of the mind (which is a question in itself, of ...
by Wayfarer
Mon May 11, 2020 3:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What possible reason could there be to study or practice Buddhism if arising and ceasing do not occur?
Replies: 52
Views: 3035

Re: What possible reason could there be to study or practice Buddhism if arising and ceasing do not occur?

But if one looks into it, one investigates it, there are no things, nor change. This 'looking into' is not a simple nor a casual matter. I think it means, 'seeing beyond the apparent flux and change', but that 'seeing beyond' is itself the fulfillment of the path, isn't it? If one casually says, 'w...

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